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Pay envelopes a little fatter at Philly direct mail company

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Investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) have foiled a joint employer scheme they claim attempted to cheat temporary workers out of overtime pay.

Investigators targeted Philadelphia-based direct mail provider ICS Corp., a temporary services agency called New Century Integrity Corp. and the temp agency’s owner.

WHD claims the companies often paid workers straight time even when they worked more than 40 hours in a week. In other cases, New Century would provide ICS employees for 40 hours, but then employ them for additional hours on New Century’s payroll at a lower pay rate than ICS paid them.

The companies and the owner agreed to pay 166 workers $725,583 in back wages. Because the violations were willful, the workers will receive an equal amount in damages, bringing the total to over $1.4 million.

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